Heavenly finger millet and jaggery cake

finger millet
Cake season is here!!!
The markets are slowly filling up with Christmas goodies and the shelves lined up with so many treats. Having a quick glance over some of the temptingly packaged ones, I couldn’t help but yo think, why so many ingredients!!
While we were looking around a chocolate cake caught my eye and set me thinking..it is time to revamp the millet-based cake recipe. So here we are …
If you came looking  for a quick recipe for a fruit-filled golden Christmas cake  ..don’t miss my earlier post
christmas cake

The current recipe

This recipe is made in an eggless vegan way, still can be done last minute for that perfect bite. As ragi /finger millet is a lower in glycemic spike millet it suits my purpose currently.
The biggest drawback of Indian finger millet is the deep colour which makes a lot of people look away. In fact, I love ragi and enjoy it a lot. The best way yo introduce it to picky children who detest the colour or pesky adults who keep way from the ragi just because they can is to add dark chocolate and make a dessert they cannot resist. Of course, they are not going to figure out this one is ragi… Coz it is yummy.

Know your grain

Finger millet is a familiar crop in India and Srilanka commonly called ragi or korakan. With records of agriculture for over 3000 years, ragi has been a staple in many parts of India.  Being a crop that can survive minimal water conditions, it is a hardy crop.  Finger millet has been a great source of nutrition. Rich in calcium and iron, this is always been the poor man’s source of nutrition.
chocolate cake with millet
The finger millet flour gluten-free, it does make the cake a bit dry so the ingredients are a bit altered from a regular cake style. But the flavour and the feel of the texture is amazing. The cake, however, is not gluten-free.
When you try out this recipe, please tag @ mildlyindian so we can share the happiness. please do write in your comments below as they really help to improve the recipe and the know-how the recipe worked out in another kitchen. Last but not the least, Merry Christmas!!
finger millet

Heavenly finger millet and jaggery cake

egg-free, dairy-free recipe
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course Desserts, Snacks
Cuisine Baking, Continental, diabetic friendly, Fusion, gluten free, International, Kids choice, Spring, Summer, Vegan
Servings 8 generous slices


for Flax eggs

  • 2 tbsp flax seeds powdered
  • 6 tbsp drinking water

for the dry ingredients

  • 1.5 cups finger millet powder (ragi, korakan, Kooveragu)
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 tbsp wheat germ
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder

Wet ingredients

  • 1 cup Banana ( overripe and mashed)
  • 1/4 tsp instant coffee powder ( optional)
  • 1/2 cup jaggery ( or unrefined sugar, powdered)
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1/2 tsp salt


  • Mix the flax seed powder with water and set aside for it to bloom
  • Preheat the oven at 180 degrees for about 10 minutes
  • Sift together the dry ingredients and set aside
  • Mash the overripe banana with the cocoa powder and have 1 cup of the mashed banana ready in a mixing bowl.
    banana and chocolate
  • Mix the jaggery in 1/2 cup of warm water and strain through a seive.
  • Add the jaggery liquid, salt, instant coffee if desired, the flaxseed powder mixed in water with the mashed banana and mix well.
  • Sift the dry ingredient mix again as you add into the wet ingredients and fold gently. Do not over mix.
    cake mix
  • Grease a round cake pan, and dust it with another tbsp of ragi flour ( to keep it gluten-free) or line it with baking paper.
  • Pour the cake mix into the pan and bake for 25 minutes or till the skewer comes out clean.
    chocolate cake
  • Remove the cake from the oven and cool before unmoulding
  • Unmould the cake and sprinkle on some shimmering stars and moons for the milky way effect.
    finger millet
  • Alternately you can frost the cake with chocolate ganache of that ultimate decadence.
  • Enjoy your slice and don't miss to share
    chocolate cake with millet


Finger millet is quite a dry flour so the cake will slightly crack on top as you bake, giving a rustic feel to the cake.
The use of coffee is only to enhance the flavour of the chocolate and can be totally avoided if you do not like coffee.
Add in a 1/4 cup of dark chocolate chips into the batter for an extra bite of chocolate.
Two tbsp of flaxseed powder is equal to two medium-sized eggs. Replace them if you prefer.
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!

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1 year ago

Hi what’s the cake size pan to b used for this ragi cake. Thank u

1 year ago

Asking again.. what’s the size of cake tin to b used. Thank u.

1 year ago

Saw the reply. Thank u so much. Will give it a go . 💕

1 year ago

What is wheat germ?

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1 year ago

Is it ok if I dont use it in this cake?

Reply to  mildlyindian
1 month ago

wheat germ contains gluten. How do you claim this recipe to be gluten free?

1 year ago

I tried this at a friends place and it was truly heavenly! I want to make muffins out of it though. How long do you think I need to bake it if I put them in cupcake moulds?

satish Tilokchandani
satish Tilokchandani
9 months ago

Can we use Jowar or Bajra millits instead of ragi.

8 months ago

how many bananas make one cup ?

Shilpa Roy
Shilpa Roy
27 days ago

Can I skip the flax egg?

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